A look at Amazon.com’s best of the year so far in science fiction and fantasy, audio-style

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Amazon.com has put out a “year’s best so far” style list, with both a top-10 editor’s picks section and a science fiction and fantasy section. (And there’s some previously mentioned titles in the middle grade and teen lists as well.) On the SF&F list:

  1. Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor) has been on my “Most Wanted Audiobook” list since its publication in January; hopefully its appearance at the top of this list can get it a little more attention
  2. Embassytown by China Mieville (Del Rey, May) narrated by Susan Duerden (Random House Audio) was my pick for best Audible.com SFF release in May
  3. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Viking Adult, February) narrated by Jennifer Ikeda (Penguin Audio)
  4. 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America by Albert Brooks (St. Martin’ss Press, May) narrated by Dick Hill (Tantor Audio, June)
  5. Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5 by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte, January) narrated by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante (Brilliance Audio, January) is one I missed even noticing along the way; most likely that it is book 5 of a series I haven’t encountered before
  6. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (Orbit) narrated by Jefferson Mays (Recorded Books) is one of a crowded group of mid-June releases
  7. Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson (Doubleday) narrated by Mike Chamberlain (Random House Audio) is another of those mid-June releases
  8. The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW Hardcover) narrated by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio) was one of March’s best
  9. The Dragon’s Path (The Dagger and the Coin)  by Daniel Abraham (Orbit, April) is another of those “Where’s the Audiobook?” books on the list
  10. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking (YA), April) is another of those high up on my list of “Most Wanted” audiobooks for 2011; her previous adult novel Who Fears Death was one of the best of 2010, and I’m hoping some audiobook publisher sooner or later takes a look at this one as well

None of these titles made the top-10 editor’s picks, but there were a few non-genre books of interest there. So, check them out, and grow that “to read” and “to listen” pile.

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